Giving Thanks

So in the United States today is Thanksgiving. There’s a whole story made up about this being based on a feast with the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, but it’s mostly nonsense. National days of thanksgiving dot US History, and the first one of the current republic 1 was declared by George Washington in 1789…

Thanksgiving Rose

This week Apple Watch users received a bit of a nudge from the company in the form of a Thanksgiving Day Challenge. The challenge was simple, users who complete a run, walk, or wheelchair work out of at least 3.1 miles on Thanksgiving 1 would be given a special achievement badge and a sticker to…

Sometimes

I’ve written in the past about the strange world pastors inhabit. We come into spaces where people are at emotional extremes, from deepest grief to highest celebration, and we wonder if anything we do has any impact at all. We tell the story of Jesus, we try to share his love, and we long for…

Thank you!

I recently wrote a blog post which looked back at my connection to some of “pastoral ancestors,” for lack of a better description. I have another side of my personality, though, and therefor am the descendant of a whole other line of teachers. I'm not just pastor, I'm a geek-pastor! I need to thank the…

A Week Off

I’m off this week.  This means, given that the kids were in school Monday through Wednesday and my wife’s family is coming here, I’m hanging around the house.  I have to say, it’s nice.  I don’t really like traveling all that much because suddenly a vacation turns from “rest” to planning how to fill one’s…

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful, and relaxing, day yesterday – capped off by sharing a Thanksgiving feast with 16 people seated around our table (well, and three at the kiddie table).  It actually felt like a day of rest, and for an introvert like me that’s a statement when you’re surrounded by people all day. It…